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Species: Protammodytes sarisa, Caribbean sand-lance

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very elongate, depth ~10% SL
long, pointed snout
D long 43-45; A short 17, under rear of D
LL 92-95
4 scales above LL, 9 below
lower jaw projecting
pelvics I,5 >5.9% SL

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Protammodytes sarisa (Robins & Böhlke 1970)

Caribbean sand-lance

Body elongate, compressed, relatively short, slender, depth ~10% SL; head pointed, snout long; mouth small, opens at front, top jaw protractile; a projecting lower jaw; no teeth; a single low, very long-based dorsal fin, 43-45 rays; anal fin short based, under rear of dorsal fin, 17 rays; dorsal and anal fins without spines; pelvic fins present, well developed, length 6% SL; tail forked; lateral line very high on the sides; minute smooth scales not arranged in oblique rows, 92-95 on lateral line, 4 & 9 scales above and below the lateral line; lateral line simple, without branches or accessory projections above it.

Silvery

Reaches at least 12 cm

Presumably on sandy bottoms

Depth range 187 m

Known only from a single specimen collected off St Vincent, SE Caribbean.


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Mid Water
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Near Bottom
Habitat
  • Water column
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Bentho-Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Planktivore
  • No Data
Diet
  • Bony fishes
  • Zooplankton
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • No data
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Antilles endemic
  • Caribbean endemic
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 12
Depth Range Min
Depth Range Max
  • 187